2012 Château Bel Air (Domaines Joel Irigaray)

2012 Château Bel Air (Domaines Joel Irigaray). Had this little gem with dinner last night and it is fabulous for the money. $12.99 at Spec’s here in Austin, it drinks as well as some lower tier classified growths from better AOCs. Pretty cherry, currant, earth and tobacco wrapped in some decent tannins with zero over-oaking, zero bitterness and zero fake acidity (characteristics I often see in inexpensive Bdx bottlings). Just a real nice and honest table wine that I would gladly drink with lunch or dinner at a restaurant in Bordeaux. Blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot and a case buy for sure.

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